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A new era of dining at the Palliser, Hawthorn Dining Room & Bar re-defines the Calgary culinary experience with sociables and family-style dining from Alberta’s most trusted producers, farmers and suppliers.              

The grand lobby bar embraces guests, perfect for after work drinks and a night shared with friends. The dining room offers a modern vintage experience in a comfortable setting with a rotating menu and carefully crafted wine list.

Paying homage to the past, whilst looking forward to the future - the new space sets the stage for old stories to be told and new memories to be made.

Eraj Jayawickreme

Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Manager, Fairmont Palliser

Eraj Jayawickreme better known as “e” realized his love for cooking at a tender age of 10, he was brought up by his parents to value food and hard work.  He was enthralled by the TV cooking shows of the early 90’s. He bugged his parents to allow him to cook, but being wary of a youngster burning down the kitchen he was only allowed to use an electric skillet.  His love for all things food grew as he got older, and he told his parents that he wanted to be a chef one day at the age of thirteen. 

He has had the opportunity to open and run his own restaurant. With a unique interpretation of the “Modern” kitchen focusing on organization, discipline and being team oriented Eraj is able to nurture talent and passion out of young and mature employees. Eraj pulls off classic Canadian flavours with grace, intelligence and admirable lightness of touch.